PHOENIX — Phoenix police are investigating a shooting at a Laveen McDonald's that left a 16-year-old employee dead.
On Wednesday morning police were called to the area of 51st Avenue and Baseline Road for reports of a shooting.
During the initial investigation, police say 16-year-old Prince Nedd, an employee at the McDonald's, was involved in an argument with another man in the restroom when shots were fired.
The suspect shot Nedd and ran away from the scene, officials stated.
Police have not identified the shooter but believe he is known to the victim.
McDonald's held a candlelight vigil for Prince on Thursday, with dozens showing up in support. The teen's aunt spoke with ABC15 afterward, emotional and in tears.
"Somebody needs to make a change. It's too many young kids dying right now. They're just getting younger and younger. It's time for people to open their eyes up," says Jasmine Blake, Prince's aunt.
Phoenix Union High School District tells us Prince attended Betty Fairfax his freshman and sophomore years but, switched to PXU Digital Academy this school year. We’re told Prince was also working at McDonald’s to support his family.
An official representing McDonald's also released the following statement:
“We are saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and colleague. Our organization’s biggest priority is always the safety and well-being of our employees and customers at our restaurants. We are fully cooperating with the police department and their investigation.” – Owner/Operator Travis Heriaud
The family has started a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs.
An investigation remains ongoing.